Review: “A Children’s Bible”, by Lydia Millett

I swear on a stack of copies that it’s a blistering little classic: “Lord of the Flies” for a generation of young people left to fend for themselves on their parents’ rapidly warming planet… “A Children’s Bible” moves like a tornado tearing along an unpredictable path through our complacency. The novel works so effectively because it’s an allegory that constantly resists the predictable messaging of allegory. Millet’s wit and her penchant for strange twists produce the kind of climate fiction we need: a novel that moves beyond the realm of reporting and editorial, a story that explores how alarming and baffling it feels to endure the destruction of one’s world.
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Take this book, eat it up.

You can read the rest of the review, which swerves breathtakingly between garden-variety midwit-ism and rank stupidity, at The Bezos Blog, but I think you get the idea: A Children’s Bible is a book very much of the moment, very much awarded, very much read by The Right People. Last night I took ninety-three minutes away from Call Of Duty: Warzone to read the thing. This was not wasted time; not in the slightest. As a work of fiction, A Children’s Bible is little better than its vampires-and-magic-brooms bookstore contemporaries — but as a lens both into current thinking and my own thought process, it’s pretty good.

(Warning: spoilers for this book after the jump).

This work of “environmental fiction” is really two books in one. The first half is a charming evocation of childhood under the tyranny-via-indifference of a profoundly dissipated intellectual/creative class. One small problem: Lydia Millett is a contemporary of mine, being fifty-two years old. Her characterizations of lazy, narcissistic, sensualist moms/dads/step-s are spot on for the Woodstock generation; I’m given to understand, by people who would know, that she absolutely nails the quicksilver ephemerality of childhood relationships among the effectively unparented in the pre-Internet, pre-smartphone era. (Your humble author cannot claim any sort of college-Brahmin pedigree, being the child of a Marine captain and a WAC captain who probably didn’t fall into any of the original three categories mentioned by Rick Nielsen in his first draft of the lyrics for “Surrender”. Yet I spent a few days once at a lake with a friend whose parents were dead and who had free run of the place, courtesy of feeble grandparents. I remember the thrill of being able to do anything, and I remember the girl I met on our second night there, and I remember how we seemed to live a whole life in one curfew-free night. I can only imagine what it was like for the kids of the privileged who lived that Less Than Zero dream every single day.)

Yet there’s little here to place the book in the near future, where it supposedly occurs, or even the present. These parents are straight out of Updike’s Couples or any John Barth (no relation) novel. They have the money, leisure, time, and louche approach to community that all disappeared by the time Ms. Millet and I became old enough to be the parents described here. The central idea of the book, that you have about ten families all renting a mansion together for a summer-long fling of friendship and sex, is essentially impossible in The Current Year of always-at-work-via-email, and is transparently drawn from childhood memories of “The Big Chill”.

So much for authenticity, but this is a work of fiction, not a documentary. Some of it is meant to shock: one young girl describes herself as being the foremost expert in “one-minute handjobs”, while two other girls agree to a game of oral-sex Spin-The-Bottle out of sheer boredom. Again, however, it’s the kind of shock that feels as nostalgic now as the once-shocking movie “Kids”, released in 1995 and no doubt quite titillating for Ms. Millett, who would have been twenty-seven at the time and quite ready to be shocked by the contrast between her own rose-tinted memory of teenage sexuality and the chilly reality of this (or any other) time.

The whole book is told in the first person by Eve, a sixteen-ish girl who is only indifferently educated but who nonetheless feels superior to the professors and artists and movie producers who make up her parents’ social set. Raised in an environment where sex screams from every screen, she is alternately neo-puritanical and utterly blase on the topic, easily disgusted by the fumblings of the parents and essentially incapable of arousal herself. (This feels semi-legit to me, by that way; today’s sixteen-year-old girls have surely been conditioned by their impending eligibility for SeekingArrangement and OnlyFans to look at sex in a mostly transactional manner, just as their male equivalents expect all possible sexual interactions to bear the indelible stamp of every Internet-porn trope available.) She makes it plain that she’s absolutely willing to suck a dick, any dick, in the cause of general amusement, but she finds it hard to be attracted to anyone.

Her true love is reserved for her nine-year-old younger brother Jack. Hugely precocious, able to spiritually communicate with animals and entice owls into captivity without a trap, Jack also reveals himself to be a prophet of sorts when he is given a copy of a “Children’s Bible” by the token white-trash member of their parental group. Jack effortlessly sees the lies in the Bible and understands that

  • “God” is really Nature;
  • “Jesus” is really Science.

Influenced by the stories of the Bible and his own superior understanding, Jack proceeds to embark on all sorts of adventures, from which it is Eve’s responsibility to rescue him.

While the kids are out on a self-chaperoned three-day beach party with some other kids who have a yacht and who have also landed on the same beach by chance, an ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE occurs. Although Ms Millet is nominally some sort of environmental expert, this ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE is nonetheless ignorantly drawn more or less from the opening scenes of the Hollywood idiot-thriller “The Day After Tomorrow”. There are massive storms that hit everywhere at once, followed by a terrible plague that only the children, with their environmental sensitivities, can see coming in time to run away.

The rest of the book is an odd combination of fantasy, snark, Deliverance stereotypes, and matriarchy chic. It’s no trick to figure out which movie or TV show provides each of Ms. Millet’s ideas. The ragtag redneck army with a charismatic, Chaotic Evil leader? The Postman! The crew of “trail angels” who provide quiet but caustic advice? Wild! The hyper-powerful, Rommel-esque old woman who can cause attack helicopters to appear out of thin air and who burns her enemies alive? It’s obviously one or more of Kathleen Chalfant‘s military/government/CIA characters.

Some of the arrant dependence on trope can perhaps be blamed on Ms. Millet’s choice of narrator. Having an unspectacular teen girl be one’s voice means that one gets even less variation in mood and language than what Salinger permitted Holden Caulfield. There’s a true economic reason for Millet to do this: by having the narrator be a young-adult-fiction reader, she ensures that the book is a natural and easy transition for the people who typically read YA trash. It can be Your First Grown-Up Environmental Novel, because it contains no words of more than three syllables. Those of us who didn’t come here directly from Hogwarts, however, will find it grating and then some.

Alright, enough about what the book is. What does it mean? This is where I started to feel some authentic kinship with Ms. Millet. She’s written a book about the almost unfathomable gap between the people who caused the coming environmental crisis and the people who will endure it. In one of the novel’s most darkly perceptive moments, the parents decide to cope with the fact of a Category 4 hurricane over their heads by all taking Ecstasy and engaging in group sex while the horrified children avert their eyes. You can see what Millet is going for here: a generation stoned on cheap energy and adjustable-rate mortgages on their children’s futures, merrily skipping towards a Gomorrah that won’t happen until they’ve all had all of their fun.

Let me state for the record that I have little to no belief in any man-made future environmental collapse, at least not one that arrives all at once. When I look at “climate science” I see sloppy data and massive hand-waving efforts that have the combined credibility of supermarket astrology. The end goal of “climate science” appears to be the justification of a massive wealth gap between the elites and everyone else. To prevent climate change, you will eat nothing but beans, or maybe bugs! You will own nothing, but you’ll be happy! You’ll micro-live in a micro-space! You will walk in walkable communities and live most of your life online, while the Gulfstreams of your betters fly above at 38,000 feet. You will have no more social mobility, and no more caloric resources, than an Egyptian pyramid pusher of five thousand years ago. Who decides the distribution of wealth in this environmentally responsible future? How will we know if we are destined to be the bug-eaters of tomorrow or the Gulfstream-fliers? Good news! We’ve already decided! Everything’s already been set in stone! Now drink your Soylent, Primeworker — Amazon only allows a five-minute lunch during the holiday season!

Yet when I read A Children’s Bible I’m reminded of a different tragedy, to wit: My parents’ generation was handed an America that was far from perfect, but serviceable nonetheless — and they burned it to the ground. They cranked open the taps on “free trade”, illegal labor, outsourcing, pornography, deviant philosophy, amoral media. Their long march through the institutions turned the Ivy League into clown colleges even as our public schools were perverted into ideological stamping plants. Having said “Hell NO, We Won’t Go!” to Vietnam despite the obvious correctness of the “domino theory”, they then nodded sagely at a Forever War in Iraq and Afghanistan that, for the first time in American history, would give 18-year-olds the chance to lose their legs in the same goat-infested villages that blew off their fathers’ arms a full generation prior.

(A note to my beloved Boomer readers: This is not to say that any of you are bad people, or indeed that any individual Boomers are bad people. For every Bill Ayers or William Calley, there were probably a dozen folks who are a credit to humanity. Yet the overall effect of the generation cannot be measured by its members. The so-called “Greatest Generation” contained millions of men, for example, who thought it no crime to beat their wives or children bloody. That doesn’t mean they didn’t win World War II.)

Almost everyone I know of my generation is of the opinion that America probably “peaked” around 1990 or so. It’s not just childhood nostalgia, although there is some of that. It’s the awareness that, to quote Daniel Day-Lewis, someone drank our milkshake. And by “drank” I mean “paid virtually nothing for”, and by “milkshake” I mean “real estate”. Virtually every major change in society we’ve seen in the past thirty years has boiled down to a single, relentless goal: reduce the cost of labor. That’s it. That’s our whole lives. The Greatest Generation fought Tojo; the Boomers fought labor costs. The resulting devastation far exceeds that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We lost everything in that battle, but the most important casualty was the American family, which has been assassinated with military precision. I grew up in neighborhoods that swarmed with three, four, nine children per household, presided over by intact couples. Now we are so atomized that some of us hardly even notice the lockdowns, barely suffer from the new Orwellian rules. So they closed the churches, the neighborhood bars, the Lions Club? You didn’t go anyway. Don’t worry. The Internet is still here, ready to fulfill your every need with an impersonal and mechanical hand. Why would you need to go outside?

Therefore, dear reader, I submit to you that perhaps Ms. Millet is, in fact, the most brilliant novelist of our generation, and that this book is perhaps a razor-keen allegory for the non-environmental destruction of our country at the hands of spectacular narcissists. We are their permanent and infantile children. Something was taken from us, but we cannot quite grasp what it is. We can only see it in brief peripheral flashes, fading memories of a world where we existed as a national community rather than as a tragedy of the commons. A world of shared assumptions, a known and trusted ethos, one where not every single public interaction at a fast-food restaurant or auto-parts store or bank was accompanied by a dread foreknowledge of the incompetence and hostility to come. Where you held an object in your hands, turned it over, and saw that it was made by people much like you, in a place not so far away. A place where you were part of society’s fabric, not a threat to be neutralized or an object to be humiliated.

In the contemplation of this, I can understand the rage and hostility that permeates A Children’s Bible. Not for blindness in the face of a looming catastrophe, but in the passive enabling of a catastrophe already passed. Nor for the creation of a carbon-dioxide menace, but for the avaricious yet feckless assembly of a house divided which, like the Gilded Age mansion of Millet’s book, will not survive the storm to come.

34 Replies to “Review: “A Children’s Bible”, by Lydia Millett”

  1. AvatarDisinterested-Observer

    Tell me why, back when everyone and industry was so much “less productive” than we are now, it was possible to get a Coke made with sugar in a glass bottle? Yet now the only way to get a Coke made with sugar and in a heavy, inefficient glass bottle that drives up transportation costs and (the horror!) labor costs, is to import it from Mexico?

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    • Avatarstatick89

      Just like Jack’s point about wages, it all comes down to money. There’s two federal incentives for Coke and Pepsi to use corn syrup. One is government subsidies to corn farmers that really depresses the price of corn on the US market. The other is there are sugar tariffs to protect sugar beet farmers, so the US price of sugar is quite a bit higher than the world price.

      Injection molding is extremely inexpensive, and landfills are probably still cheaper than either washing and refilling glass or recycling it.

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      • AvatarDisinterested-Observer

        One of the many, many problems with plastic is that the cost to the environment and the endocrine systems is not borne by the producers.

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  2. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    Brilliant, Jack.

    Also:

    “To prevent climate change, you will eat nothing but beans, or maybe bugs! You will own nothing, but you’ll be happy! You’ll micro-live in a micro-space! You will walk in walkable communities and live most of your life online, while the Gulfstreams of your betters fly above at 38,000 feet”

    It’s fascinating how many people don’t understand this. “Climate change” means that the oceans are always rising high enough to elect climate fanatics Democratic Socialists, but never quite high enough to wash over the secret island of Google Camp.

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  3. Avatarstingray65

    Jack, nice book review, but I’m not sure I would let the “Greatest Generation” off the hook so easily, because they were the over-indulgent parents of the Boomers, and they were still in charge of most institutions when they tolerantly allowed Leftist Boomers to replace them when they retired. The problems began because they suffered through the Great Depression, and fought valiantly against Leftist fascists (including bean eating vegan Hitler) during WWII and Communists in Korea and Vietnam, but used the postwar boom to generously indulge their boomer children and spoiled them rotten.

    Perhaps the Greatest Generation’s biggest failing was that their legitimate fear and loathing for foreign Communists and Fascists led them to underestimate or overlook the home-grown Leftist fascism they were tolerantly indulging and even encouraging here at home in the form of feminism. They generously wanted to provide their daughters and grand-daughters with more life opportunities, but didn’t realize that providing equal opportunity without a resulting equal outcome would lead to more and more militant Leftist feminism intent on using any method or tactic to achieve “fairness” (as defined by statistical outcomes), “diversity” (as defined by color and gender but not thought), and to make up for “past injustices” at the hands of long dead whites, males, heterosexuals, and Christians. Thus female dominated schools and HR departments have become mechanisms to criticize and tear down “unfair” meritocracy, and respect for the “privileged” individualism promoted by “white” Western culture and “cut-throat” Capitalism, which feminists see as enemies of their utopian vision. Feminism is Communism, and like all socialist states in history, always leads to failure because it is based on resentment, jealousy, and retribution and a total hatred of human nature that requires ever increasing coercion to “fix” inequalities and injustices that are products of genetic lottery, and unequal ability and tolerance for innovation, risk-taking, and hard-work.

    Thus the tolerance and sense of fair play of the Communist/Fascist fighting “greatest generation” has led to a repressive and intolerant fascist regime in DC and blue states capitals, but also among the tech monopolies that control so much speech and commerce, all because they told their sweet little daughters that they could do anything and be anything while spoiling and indulging them rotten so that those sweet little girls became adults who would readily blame anyone and everything but themselves for any failures in their lives.

    Now those tech giants and their feminized leaders have power beyond the wildest imagination of the founding fathers who granted us a Constitutional right to free speech and to private enterprise but not to free speech from private enterprise, and they are utilizing this loophole to censure the political speech of half the country (or more). Jack, you and several regular commenters here have extensive tech expertise, what are your suggestions on how the sane and freedom loving half can most effectively fight back?

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    • AvatarNoID

      “…and to make up for ‘past injustices’ at the hands of long dead whites, males, heterosexuals, and Christians.”

      I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon of adding “white male cis-hetero Christian patriarchal fascism” as a descriptor to everything I dislike, but to not recognize that many of the “past injustices” visited on minorities and women are still manifested in the present, and that many of the people who built or perpetuated those systems are still alive today, is to be willfully blind. Heck, we’re swearing one of those guys in on Wednesday.

      I agree with you in spirit though…we can correct injustices of the past and present without non-personing 49% of the population and subdividing the other 51% into 490 degrees of separation based on their physiological, psychological metadata.

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      • AvatarDisinterested-Observer

        The “past injustices” were very real and manifest themselves in the present day via generational wealth and legacy college admissions, however they were visited almost exclusively on Black Americans. They were not visited upon some guy who steps of the plane from Beijing or Mumbai in 2019, puts his pop-up business in his wife’s name, and instantly jumps to the front of the SWAM government boondoggle contracts line.

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        • Avatarstingray65

          The problem with “past injustices” is that any remedy creates current injustices. My family arrived to the US dirt poor and I have a great, great, great grandfather who served in the Union army fresh off the boat for payment from a wealthy person intent on avoiding the draft. No one in my family has every owned slaves in America, nor every participated in slave trading, redlining or Jim Crow, but if “reparations” are made to the great great great grandchildren of slaves or the grandchildren of Jim Crow victims through cash payments or affirmative action, I’ll be unjustly paying for them with my taxes and lost opportunities. Yet even if we consider the offspring of former slave owners or KKK activists, there is no one alive today that had any first hand experience with legal slavery in the US, and even most people with direct experience with Jim Crow and redlining are in nursing homes or dead, so “justice” for blacks involves people not directly effected by discrimination being unjustly paid by people who had no role in the discrimination.

          But then you need to also consider what damages slavery and Jim Crow inflicted on blacks living today. Even with the black wealth deficit relative to whites mentioned by D.O. above, is that the true measure of damage? Are US black offspring of slaves better off economically, materially, educationally, and health-wise than the offspring of blacks that stayed in Africa? Should the welfare system and racial quotas and affirmative action over the past 50+ years count toward reparations, and what is the evidence that such reparation have benefited blacks? Thomas Sowell has famously demonstrated with statistics that black-white achievement gaps were shrinking during the Jim Crow era and have widened since the Civil Rights/Great Society era in the 1960s. This would suggest that the best help for blacks is to treat them equally, because trying to help them seems to mostly hurt them, but then again this is a defining characteristic of all feminist/Communist societies when they try to help the disadvantaged and correct injustices.

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    • Avatarcoreytrevor

      Says the dude who votes for a party that since at least Reagan has been calling anything pro-labor or critical of corporate interests OMG COMMUNISM!!1!

      Now unregulated corporations have finally come for thee and it’s a problem all of a sudden. Blaming the left is a curious choice but hey at least we’re all in agreement as to who the bad actors ultimately are.

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      • Avatarstingray65

        Unregulated monopolies are always problematic, because government tends to be the only counter-acting power to abuse in the short-term, which is why most natural monopolies are heavily regulated (utilities, railroads, airlines for much of their history). This situation is unique because all the earlier examples involved abuse in the form of non-political price gouging, while the current social media censorship is totally political and the party most in favor of regulation (and against private industry and profits) is the beneficiary.

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        • AvatarJMcG

          I’ve an old friend who is a lefty down to his toes. He was born in 48. Very, very bright guy and now realizing all the damage his ideas have done to the country.
          I remember him being upset in the eighties over the breakup of the Bell system. Now, any lefty worth his salt would have been happy over the breakup of such a corporate monolith. But – it had been started and finished under Republican administrations. He was insulted by the fact that Ronald Reagan was president.
          Imagine having an administration that would actually undertake serious antitrust suits. Not even a word of it.
          No one is on the side of the American worker at any level beneath the CEO level.

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  4. Avatardejal

    (Warning: spoilers for this book after the jump)….
    Darn, I missed that, your ruined this book for me. Sarcasm off.

    I wonder if the author knows Steven Speilberg. He seems to check a lot of the right boxes.
    Steven Spielberg’s adoptive daughter is the one trying to make it big in the porn industry.

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    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      I suppose working in porn is an improvement over the female Pavel Morozov who publicized the fact that her parents attended the rally in Washington.

      How much sharper than a serpent’s tooth…

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  5. AvatarsoberD

    Those of us on the good side will have to exercise our free speech offline, but that’s how it’s always been done (at least in my experience). We ain’t in them socials.

    Lockdowns teamed with the growing online censorship seem intended to eliminate all sharing of the wrong ideas. Which is why the other side acts so horrified when they see people congregating.

    I’m sure they know their essential employee inferiors talk about important things on the job site, out on frozen lakes, etc, they just can’t do anything about it. Yet.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      For the past couple of years I’ve agreed to play one game at a time with my son — we were on CS:GO for six months, then Fortnite, and now CoD.

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      • Avatarsilentsod

        Bless John for loving competitive shooters.

        Pray that he does not heed the siren song of competitive StarCraft and demand he either – practice microing dragoons or, in 2, practice marine splits vs banelings while he keeps up production.

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        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          His voice is still so high, and it’s so hilarious to me when I’m pinned down somewhere and I hear him say, “Dad, all three targets are downed! You can push the bounty target!”

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          • Avatarhank chinaski

            I’ve been looking into either Squad or Post Scriptum as a more ‘mature’ take on multiplayer FPS but don’t have the skill, reflexes, or patience to git gud at my age.

  6. AvatarDoug

    Excellent analysis of the boomer generation. I have had similar conversations with many people that lay out similar thoughts that were not quite so elegantly worded.

    Also, it would be nice to encounter you on WZ. I am always looking for older guys to play with who have mikes but not squeaky voices.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I’ve been using my Focals so I don’t always have a mike, but I am on Warzone as JacoOnlyNeeded4

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  7. Avatarbluebarchetta

    I’m amazed that the Left is continually hand-wringing about impending environmental disaster (which, starting in 1970 with Paul Ehrlich, is always going to happen 20 years from THE_CURRENT_YEAR), but no one seems at all concerned about the economic disaster that will surely result from our $27,000,000,000,000 debt, to which Biden/Harris are about to add $1.9T more in “covid relief.”

    If this happens, one in every six dollars we owe after 245 years of history will have been borrowed in the past 12 months to “battle covid.” Makes me wonder if the ultimate goal of the Wuhan flu isn’t to destabilize world currencies so much that the yuan becomes the world standard.

    I could write a novel about that, but the only handjobs involved would be metaphorical, so not a fun read.

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    • Avatarcoreytrevor

      The left didn’t vote for tax cuts for the wealthy during a stock market boom that could have helped pay down this debt….

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      • Avatarstingray65

        The Right didn’t vote for tax cuts for the wealthy during a stock market boom either. The Trump tax cuts increased the taxes on the wealthy by reducing their SALT deductions, whose reversal is very high on the Pelosi Schumer priority list to try to slow the migration of the wealthy out of high tax CA and NY to low tax FL and TX.

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  8. AvatarJeff Zekas

    Jack, if you get the chance, watch the Ken Burns mini series on Vietnam. Though the series has a left wing bias, it does tell you a lot about my generation: sent to a stupid war by greedy oligarchs, we saw our industry sold to China by Nixon. I’ve been union my whole life, worked hard, only to see my kids get screwed by the greed of Wall Street. We lost most of our assets in the crash of ’08 but hey, I don’t mind working, even at the age of 66, bad knees and all. My kids are lucky: they had two parents, a mom who stayed home, and a dad with two jobs, who taught them to work hard and stay the hell out of college. They are all amazingly successful, though for many years they complained, cos we were so “hard” on them, compared to other parents. The fact is, EVERY generation thinks they got screwed by the previous generation. Best wishes from communist-controlled Oregon, your fan, Zeke

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  9. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    My parents went to Brooklyn College (where I believe tuition was free) and Wayne State (where my mom told me tuition was minimal). When I went to Michigan tuition was $750 a semester so even with room & board expenses one could work one’s way through school with a summer job. My daughter graduated from Wayne years ago, is in her early 30s and still owes thousands in student loans. My son has compeleted all of the academic work for a bachelors in math from Wayne but he owes them about $8,000 so they won’t give him a diploma till that account is zeroed out.

    The dirty secret of student loans is that they’ve paid for a massive bloating of schools’ administrations, not necessarily gone to improve educating.

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    • Avatarstingray65

      The truth is the student loan business has massively inflated administrative bloat, but this is largely because loans have brought in lots of students who are not truly college material. About 70% of US high school graduates start college, which means at least half of them really aren’t smart enough or well prepared enough to do college level work. These poor students are one reason for the rise of administrative bloat, because they need a lot of hand holding to have any chance of getting a degree, and they need a lot of remedial courses to learn stuff they should have mastered in Jr. and Sr. High School (a very large portion of community college curriculum is 8th grade level or less), and the cheapest way to offer remedial courses is to use lots of cheap adjunct instructors who tend to also need lots of administrative input since they are hired on revolving contracts. Poor students are also the result of the push for diversity as large portions are people of color and of course there needs to be a huge diversity and inclusion administration to lower standards so that lots of poorly prepared students of color are on campus having their rights protected from “racist” professors who give them bad grades just because they aren’t very smart and/or aren’t very motivated and/or didn’t get well prepped for college work in Jr./Sr. High School.

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      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        I wish I could attribute whomever said it, maybe it was Martin Anderson, author of Imposters in the Temple, but someone once said that a third of the students in college today are not really capable of college level academic work (e.g. “Doctor” Jill Biden’s “thesis”), a third are smart enough but, like Steve Jobs, are wasting their time in college, and a third are both capable and academically productive, so 2/3rds of a university’s resources are going to students who shouldn’t even be there.

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        • Avatarstingray65

          It is worse than that, because the lazy, low IQ students require a lot more university resources and administration than the diligent and smart students (many of whom could probably do just as well with far less than 4 years of very low resource online instruction).

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    • Avatarsgeffe

      Can’t imagine what tuition at Michigan must be now! 😩

      And they once had a football team too…!

      Democrats running D.C. and Michigan football mediocrity, both into perpetuity! Happy Fucking New Year!

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  10. AvatarHex168

    Very interesting, and I agree with much that was said. However, since this was nominally a book review, I will digress into the topic of writing.

    I doubt if you are at all serious in your appreciation of Ms. Millet’s “razor-keen allegory;” you are more likely using it as a tool in making your points. I doubt if I would be able to appreciate anything in a book written without any particular skill in using language. Which is where I wanted to go with this digression: you are able to write in a mode where your language takes on near-poetic rhythm without leaving prose-mode, in this case in your last two paragraphs. You most often do this in the concluding paragraphs when you are writing about your son. Just wanted to say that I noticed and appreciate it.

    As another example, early Zelazny did this a lot. Anyway, carry on.

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